A garden of good looks with plant stem cells

In Philippine Star Column on November 26, 2010 at 12:15 am

A garden for good looks with plant stem cell facials

A beauty harvest

With the change in weather, or, better put, the bipolar weather we have experienced in Manila plus frequent traveling abroad, I’m always shopping around for a beauty pick-me-up at the end of a long trip or a stressful work week. I am not too keen on peels and suffice to say I sometimes skip even the simplest 1-2-3 cleanse tone and moisturize routine when I’m either rushing out of the house in the morning or yearning to collapse in bed from exhaustion. Trouble is, if you ignore your skin for too long (good genes or not), it begins to take its toll, and no amount of concealer (again, probably applied in a panic) is going to take the place of what was once a glowing visage or well-rested skin. I finally made the time to consult with my derma who joked and said that if only I was more conscientious about my daily routine I wouldn’t have to come to her when I was feeling the fugly blues. Since she knew I was not a fan of invasive treatments or routines that required putting products with a lot of chemicals (the word “peel” still frightens me) she recommended her Plant Stem Cell Facial. It would take about an hour, the ingredients of the facial were derived from plants, fruits and seeds, and it was highly effective in revitalizing the skin and keeping it rejuvenated for some time. She even recommended I have this treatment right before a long trip and right afterward. Ordinarily, I would balk at the idea of a facial, finding them in general rather boring (you do just lie there and can’t really sleep since things are being slapped on your face) but I was interested in all things, but mostly natural things and remedies, so I decided to give it a go.

My head was filled with images of DIY face products, such as the proverbial cucumber on the eyes or whipped bananas spread over my face (yes, I’ve seen those pictures somewhere). I was mildly disappointed when the therapist came out with a series of bottles and creams as I was expecting a salad and a blender, but I obediently reclined and awaited the treatment to begin. One thing I did notice as the first product was being applied: it certainly smelled good, very fresh, rather than fragrant, and soothing rather than overwhelming.

The simple explanation of why plant stem cells are helpful in fight against aging is because they can help replace lost or damaged human skin cells. The human epidermis takes much longer to rejuvenate than plant cells do, so it’s a great “while you wait” remedy. Taking a dip into the Google Universe of information, I came across this tidbit from a “cosmeceutical” website:

“Due to recent scientific advancements, however, there is a new ingredient on the market that can replace lost and damaged cells: plant stem cells. These small cells are totipotent, which means they are able to continuously regenerate new, whole plants. Plant stem cells are useful for human skin, as they are able to perform the same functions as human epidermal stem cells, except they are more adept at replenishing the skin and fighting common signs of aging, like wrinkles and crow’s feet.”

In terms of ingredients, one of the main components of Dra. Aivee Teo’s Plant Stem Cell Facial Therapy is apples. A special variety grown in Switzerland called Uttwiller Spautlauber, which were “discovered” in the 18th century and found to be a variety that seemed to outlast other types. While other apples are grown to be eaten, this particular strain was studied for its resilience and regenerative capabilities. Other ingredients included in my treatment were an extract of Acmella flower that claims to strengthen collagen fibers (giving skin renewed elasticity); sea fennel extract, which in layman’s terms helped in the distribution of oxygen throughout the skin, making it “breathe” better; and sea lavender extract that was for softening of lines, wrinkles and even crow’s feet. The philosophy behind using plant origin stem cells is that aside from promoting the production of epidermal stem cells, it could even protect the skin against environmental stress, such as UV rays.

It did seem rather odd to have a makeshift garden on my face, being massaged all over and even under my eyes, but it felt good, with the therapist firmly kneading pressure points on my forehead, cheekbones and temples to help in the absorption of the creams as well as stimulate circulation. So, what was the end result of this particular harvest? I felt softer skin, the tired appearance in texture was gone, and I did feel like I was glowing. I guess the saying is true: “An apple a day….”

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For more information on Plant Stem Cell Facial contact The Skin and Laser Clinic at 403-3245.

Reposted from: SOUL TRAIN By Katrina A. Holigores (The Philippine Star) Updated November 26, 2010 12:00 AM

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